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Anorexia, Drugs & Rehab! Inside Rose McGowan's Horrific Teenage Years

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Feb. 1 2018, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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Rose McGowan was arrested for allegedly possessing cocaine in late 2017 – and has since denied it – but it turns out the former Hollywood starlet began using drugs before she could even drive a car! In her memoir, BRAVE, McGowan revealed shocking details about her teenage years. She painted herself as a wild child on the run from her alleged abusive parents, which led to a temporary dark path for the star in and out of rehab. Click through the gallery to find out details about McGowan's crazy lifestyle as a teen spent battling anorexia and using drugs!

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Rose McGowan was arrested for allegedly possessing cocaine in late 2017 – and has since denied it – but it turns out the former Hollywood starlet began using drugs before she could even drive a car! In her memoir, BRAVE, McGowan revealed shocking details about her teenage years. She painted herself as a wild child on the run from her alleged abusive parents, which led to a temporary dark path for the star in and out of rehab. Click through the gallery to find out details about McGowan's crazy lifestyle as a teen spent battling anorexia and using drugs!

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McGowan informed her readers she dated a 20-something man named William when she was a sophomore in high school. He once made fun of her legs, which sparked her eating disorder. "I stopped seeing myself through my own eyes," McGowan wrote. "I was now seeing myself through William's sick eyes."

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The current activist claimed she did not speak during the years she battled anorexia. "I became sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and then nineteen. I mostly didn't speak for almost three and a half years, which is hard to believe if you know me," she wrote. "But I was too tired."

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But before high school, McGowan admitted she abused her body in other ways. A classmate offered her acid at her eighth grade dance, and she accepted it. "I was all in for the adventure," McGowan wrote. "Soon music was pulsating off the rec room walls, and my ears heard every little noise."

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The one hit of acid sent McGowan to rehab after her mother and her mother's boyfriend, Steve found out. "Two weeks later my mother deposited me in a drug rehab program where I was locked up, at age thirteen, my shoes taken from me to prevent my escape."

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As "the youngest person" in rehab, McGowan said she rebelled. "One time in the dining room I snorted Sweet 'N Low sugar substitute to prove how tough I was and to piss off the nurses," she wrote.

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The actress revealed she escaped rehab – twice. "I made it out to the street and just ran," she wrote. Then, McGowan ended up homeless and spent late nights at "gay underground warehouse parties."

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McGowan wrote about her late nights involving drugs and dancing. "I would usually do the one hit of acid I'd manage to procure, or later a line of speed because that was more readily available in the club, and I'd dance til I got kicked out."

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She revealed the club is where she relieved herself of her demons. "On the dance floor is where I would channel my fear, stress, everything."

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At one point, the Brave author lived with a stripper named Tina. "I asked Tina if she could spin her tassels for me, I was rewarded with a blank stare. She took me to her place, a small box of an apartment with mattresses on the floor and cheap stucco popcorn ceilings," she wrote.

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Though homeless, McGowan hinted at having more freedom during her rebellious teenage years than her childhood in Italy. She was born into a religious cult in Italy, Radar reported.

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The former actress also used Brave to rip the lid off of the sex abuse she encountered in Hollywood. She recalled several examples of assault she endured, Radar reported.

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